Take 5 with Asquith (Lobster Theremin)

Lobster Theremin are today one of the most recognisable names in the underground London dance music scene. They comprise not only a label (and a range of iconic merch) but now a record store in Hackney and have been championing many an emerging and established artist since their birth 5 years ago. DJ Seinfeld, Ross From Friends, Hidden Spheres and Palms Trax are a mere slice of what the Lobster Theremin pie has offered over the years – label head Jimmy Asquith has even extended their influence to releases under his own name for a white label series.

Techno in 5/4, indie-pop and film music from a Japanese icon; Jimmy took time out of his busy schedule last week and gave an education in his musical knowledge.

1. The Higher - The Core (XL Recordings)

I fell in love with this record the other week, and then Shed announced on Twitter that it was him which made complete sense. Who else could make a tune as legit as this in 2018?? I could probably count them on one hand. This is an understated, choppy banger!

2. Nehuen - Personal Conflict (COSMOS)

There's a lot of wicked new electro flying around at the moment and this one shoots through the pack by giving a subtle nod to that Mr Oizo-esque French pump in it's production. It has all the elements of a really chugging, EBM-tinged electro banger with those metallic arps and slap-back voice hits. Real 'put-your-back-into-it' material. The whole release is killer!

3. DJ Different - Angels (Lobster Theremin)

This release holds a very special place in my heart and I think marks a real turning point for Aleks' path as an artist. The whole EP is a spectrum of classic and modern dance themes and tropes; warm effusive ambient, UK rave & jungle, slow brooding electro and RNB sampling rhythmic techno. This one pips it for me. Likely to have soundtracking the heavy perspiring of a Wakefield warehouse in '94.

4. Molly Nilsson - I Hope You Die (Dark Skies Association)

One of my very favourite indie, pop, wave pieces. Eternal nostalgia. I feel like I was dancing to this in another life in a pub in Macclesfield in the early 80's. I love the lyrics too. The title is quite shocking and provocative but the full lyrics make you realise the beauty of the sentiment within. A true gem that I absolutely adore.

5. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing The Piano (Album) ()

This is bumper one... I went to one of my favourite cafe's - L'Atelier in Dalston - to work one morning before a doctor's appointment. There was incredible beautiful, eloquent, and utterly heartbreaking/warming music emanating from the speakers and I asked what the album was. It turned out to be Ryuichi Sakamoto's Playing The Piano. This, and Ryuchi's discography in general, soundtracks most of my evenings in my living room. The Revenant soundtrack is another masterpiece and is epic, mournful, sorrowful, yet also hopeful. It's a perfect work and the film is truly gripping.